London – the capital of the United Kingdom is located in the south-east of England, on the Thames River. The population of the city is more than 7 million people, area is 1,606 km². It is the central transportation hub of the United Kingdom. From London you can easily reach every corner of the country.

London is situated on the north-west of Europe, in the same latitude with Warsaw. Hour flight from Scandinavia or Germany, the Netherlands and France — and you’re in one of the five airports in the business center of Europe.

History of London. In 55 BC legions of Julius Caesar invaded Britain and landed in Kent. Moving to the north-west, they reached the south bank of the Thames and stopped near today’s Southwark. On the opposite bank huts of the Celts were situated. By the time of the second invasion of the Romans (43 BC), a small settlement and port arose there. The Romans built a bridge across the river

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and founded the city on the north bank of the Thames, which got the Latinized Celtic name Londinium (Londiny).

Soon, London became the biggest city in England and by the time of the Norman Conquest (1066) became the capital of the state. Great Fire of 1666 destroyed almost all buildings within the old city walls. The City of London, as we know it today, was built after the fire, in the course of rebuilding the city. By the eighteenth century the independent city of Westminster — the center of British political and religious life became the part of London. The rapid growth of industry and trade in the XVIII — XIX centuries turned London into one of the richest and largest cities in the world. Merchants and bankers built magnificent mansions, which adorn the streets of London up to our days. With the hope of enriching the poor flocked to the capital from rural areas and even from other countries. As a result in east of the city appeared so-called East End, notoriously known as London slum.

In the second half of the twentieth century London was rebuilt.

Kings and queens. London became the royal capital in 1066. Since the times of William the Conqueror the coronation in Westminster Abbey has become the part of ascension to the throne of England. Streets and buildings of the town keep the memory of monarchs changing each other on the throne.

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